Kidnapped hardware store owner released

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: The Abu Sayyaf released a hardware store owner in Sulu after almost eight months in captivity, officials said on Wednesday.

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Archie Hablo, 29, whose family owns Sincere Enterprises in Jolo, was recovered by the police in the village of Gandasuli in Patikul town. He was kidnapped on October 19 last year.

“Hablo is now reunited with his family and we don’t know if there was ransom paid to the kidnappers, but we have deployed forces in the town to track down the kidnappers who are believed to be members of the Abu Sayyaf,” Senior Superintendent Abraham Orbita, the provincial police chief, told The Manila Times.

No other details were made available by the police on Hablo’s release or his state of health.

Hablo was travelling on a motorcycle with his brother Miko when the gunmen, who were in a jeep, blocked their path. Hablo was seized while his brother managed to run and escape .

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